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Articles by Caitlin Sims

Nurturing the Gift

February 28, 2015 by

When hypertalented ballet competitors achieve acclaim at a very young age, what is left for them to master? A great deal, according to their coaches.
Aran Bell bounces into the 2011 documentary First Position on a … Continue reading

That’s What Friends Are For

January 29, 2015 by

Two studio owners who forgot they were competitors
Every studio has a story. And when two or more are gathered in a 15-mile radius, behind-the-scenes drama and regional rivalries often figure prominently in their histories. In … Continue reading

It Takes Heart to Win Trophies

October 1, 2014 by

Three successful competition studios that differ in size and location have at least one thing in common.

For studios big and small, attending conventions and competitions is a chance for students to explore beyond the walls … Continue reading

Dancing to Heal

March 1, 2014 by

Martha Eddy has created a movement class to counter the side effects of cancer treatment.

As Melinda Teutschel begins teaching an early afternoon Moving For Life class in Pleasant Hill, California, the dancers stand in a … Continue reading

Graceful Aging

November 1, 2013 by

Cynthia Lucas takes the Marin Ballet beyond 50.
Just 15 miles north of foggy San Francisco, Marin Ballet’s studios are bathed in sunlight on a July morning, with a gentle breeze coming through open windows. Housed … Continue reading

Anyone Can Dance

June 1, 2010 by

Waiting outside my daughter’s dance class at ODC Commons one morning, I heard music from the next studio. First a pop song by Prince, then salsa, hip hop and swing. Intrigued, I walked over to … Continue reading